Sunday, May 14, 2006

Question 46

1. When you make an important life decision, do you rely on your logic or emotion to guide you?

2. When you are sick, do you prefer to be
a. taken care of
b. left alone
c. shot
d. all of the above

3. At what age did you learn that any of the following were not real: Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy? (apologies to those just finding out)

3b. How did you find out?


At 10:58 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

1) 96% logic, 4% superstition

2) Just leave me alone, unless I ask for something. Although I appreciate an occasional unbidden token of goodwill.

3) All of them at the same time, and all of them gradually between ages 6 and 9 or so. I basically put clues together based on TV episodes, comics, etc. that dealt with imaginary beings.

At 11:08 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

1. Mostly emotion. I think stuff through, look at pros & cons, then go with whichever one makes me feel best.

2. A combination of b & c, depending on the circumstances. Although someone to bring me cups of tea when I want them would be nice.

3. Santa was the first one to go. I was about 3 and a store Santa promised me something that my parents couldn't afford. The really sweet thing is that Mum went out and got it anyway, because Santa had promised. After that year, it was explained that Santa wasn't some great benevolent fairy, but more a storeperson for the stuff Mum & Dad bought, therefore if Mum & Dad didn't buy it, I wasn't going to get it.
I don't ever remember believing in the Easter Bunny, and we had a Tooth Daddy, not a Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Daddy left IOU's if your tooth fell out before payday, and he'd drop the payment off with Mum or Dad while we were at school. He was really cool. He's still out there somewhere.

At 11:53 PM , Blogger Graz said...

1. Unfortunately, in the past I've listened too much to my emotions and not enough to logic. But really, those decisions have made me what I am now. As of late, I've leaned more towards trying to let logic have the scale tipping weight.

2. Definitely left alone. I hate being sick and will not let it keep me from work or other things. I think it mostly boils down to the fact that I won't admit when I'm sick.

3. They all died an early death for me....probably when I was 5 or 6. That's what I get for having an older sister that I loved to torment.

But I loved being each of those for my kids.

At 12:44 AM , Anonymous Sallyacious said...

1. I ask the universe for help deciding. Then I pay attention to the signs. And to my gut. I've got really good instincts about what's the best decision for me. If I try to depend on logic, I second guess every choice and make myself (and husband) crazy

2. Leave me alone. Oh. But first could you get me some juice? And some more crackers?

3. I only remember learning about Santa Claus. I assume I stopped believing in the others at that same time.

3b. I was 11. (Hey. I have a rich fantasy life.) I just couldn't get over the fact that all the kids in my grade were sure Santa wasn't real. So I asked my mom. She took the question very seriously and answered me honestly.

I remember there were a lot of tears, both before asking the question and after learning the truth. Now that I think about it, it's the first time in my life I applied the idea of "don't ask the question if you don't want to hear the answer" policy I follow to this day.

At 7:48 AM , Blogger Tamara said...

Oh, thank gawd! Questions so I don't have to work!

1. When I make an important life decision: I consult Punky.

2. When sick: I don't wanna be messed with.

3. At what age... Around nine or so for the Tooth Fairy; maybe eight for the other Santa, & I'm not sure I ever believed in the Easter Bunny.

3b. How did you find out? The Tooth Fairy replied to a note I left her, and she had MY MOM'S HANDWRITING!

At 7:52 AM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

1. Fear mostly, although I guess that qualifies as an emotion.

2. Definitely a left alone-type person.

3. Hmm, it was the Christmas I got HO trains. Maybe fourth grade. How old would that have made me?

3b. I had my suspicions for a while before, but the clincher was that the gifts from Santa Claus arrived in boxes for the toaster oven and some other small appliance my Mom had purchased.

At 8:42 AM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

1. logic or emotion? Well, a mixture of both obviously. You want to be cool, calm and logical but emotions tend to crowd in and take over ("I want that car! It's red!") so you have to balance them as best you can.

2. sick? definitely left alone unless I need something and can't get it myself. If it gets really bad, then shot.

3. Never believed any of them were real so I never found out otherwise.

At 9:27 AM , Blogger punky said...

1. When it comes to work, I rely on logic. This makes me very good at my job. Of course, I am also always looking at how my decisions affect the firm, my ability to do my job, and the rest of the staff from a deeper, universal sense.

When it comes to matters of my heart - such as love, friends, family - I rely on my inner guidance and the universe to guide me. When faced with a difficult decision in regards to love, I can easily be overcome by emotion and logic is of no help to me at that point. But I just do what ever it is I need to do in that moment to be OK and trust that I will be lead in the right direction because I am responding honestly to my emotions and not trying to be anything or feel anything but who I am and what I feel in that moment.

2. When I am sick - which I seldom am - I like to sit on the couch and watch movies. The one or two times that I have been VERY sick, I wanted someone with me to help me - as I was so light-headed and exhausted I couldn't do much on my own. It's nice to have someone bring you water, juice and crackers and kiss your head and then tuck you back into bed - be it my Mom, my boyfriend or my well-trained dog.

3. I don't recall ever really believing in any of them. My parents never really played the whole "Santa brought you this" game. I always knew my gifts were from them. And as for the tooth fairy - I knew it was my parents. And so when I didn't get money, I would stomp my little feet right over to them, hold out my little hand and pout.

At 12:31 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

1. Logic. I've previously had my emotions make some decisions for me and they turned out badly.

2. B. Leave me alone - but check in on me every once in a while. I rarely get sick, so this isn't a big deal for me.
3. I realized Santa Claus (or Father Christmas, as we called him) wasn't real when I was about 6 or so. I woke up as my parents were tip-toeing out of the room (having left our presents in a pillowcase at the foot of our bed.) Never grew up with the Easter Bunny, so nothing there. The Tooth Fairy was revealed at 8 when I snapped my front canine tooth and didn't get anything for it. My parents said that since it only broke in half, you didn't get anything - then I overheard them talking about how they forgot!

At 2:11 PM , Anonymous Phoebe Buffet said...

"Okay, I understand why Superman is here, but why is there a porcupine at the Easter Bunny’s funeral?"

At 4:18 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

1. The two get so intermingled I can't tell the difference any more.

2. When I'm very sick, which has only happened a couple of times, I felt a strong need to be taken care of. Otherwise, I don't care if anyone takes care of me or not.

3. I was 4 when I overheard the bigger kids laughing about believing in Santa. Their skepticism made a lot of sense to me and I felt a little silly for still believing in him. But I think I was having my doubts before that anyway. I remember the realization as being a revelation and not painful.

I don't remember believing or not in the others, but I'm still very fond of them.

At 5:08 PM , Blogger Mad Scientist said...

1) A combination of both, but I guess my "gut" feeling is the deciding factor when I make a decision in a hurry

2) In my adult life when I have had surgeries or sickness I have almost always been alone and so I am now use to that. The one time my dad tried to take care of me for a week I was ready to kill him had I had the strength. So I will say leave me alone, but come over for brief periods to do the big things that always need t get done.

3) I never remember believing in the easter bunny or tooth fairy. As for Santa well the attic door was right outside my bedroom door and I heard/saw my parents taking the presents out of the attic. I was probably 6 or 7. I still maintain that Santa (manifest as the spirit of kindness and giving at Christmas) exists.

At 5:37 PM , Anonymous Phoebe Buffet said...

Okay, I understand why Superman is here, but why is there a porcupine at the Easter Bunny’s funeral?

At 7:08 PM , Blogger Slyeyes said...

1. I work through a problem logically, come to a decision, and then determine how I feel about it.

2. I used to prefer to be left alone when I was sick. Now that I'm an emtpy-nester, I want someone to take care of me.

3. We were never allowed to believe in them. My parents felt that was lying to us and it would be devastating to us when we found out.

3B. Well, never believing takes care of the "how did you find out" question. But my sisters and I all allowed our kids to believe and fiercely warned our parents they'd better play along. My Mom had problems with that (not wanting to be a party to "harming them") until we told them that if they didn't play along, they couldn't be around during the holidays until they found out. They played along quite nicely.

At 6:57 AM , Anonymous JW said...

1. When making decisions I use 80% logic, 20% emotion.

2. Usually when I am sick I prefer to be left alone, but occasionally checked on.

3. I never beleived in the Easter Bunny. My sister and I always helped our parents make/paint the eggs. I stopped beleiving in the tooth fairy around age 6 when she stopped visiting. And stopped beleiving in Santa at around 8 when we were going out of country for Christmas. My parents didn't or couldn't take our gifts with us so we opened them a week early. Since then, we always opened our gifts on the 24th at 11 O'clock.


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